Dan Batty’s ready for the new season
Hull City’s Dan Batty is keen to kick on in the new Championship season and nail down his spot in the Tigers’ side.
The 21-year-old midfielder enjoyed a productive breakthrough campaign under Nigel Adkins, stepping up from the youth ranks to make 27 appearances for the club in the Championship and in doing so he underlined the large amount of potential he possesses.
Despite pre-season starting next week, the club are still in a state of limbo as they search for a new manager, following Adkins decision to reject the club’s offer of a new deal.
However, Batty is just looking forward to what next season holds, with his progress as a midfielder on his mind.
“The Championship is a very hard and competitive league to play in but I enjoyed the challenge it provided immensely throughout last season,” he told the club’s official website.
“Starting games and getting the minutes that I did under my belt ensured it was a hugely beneficial season for me personally. I think the Championship is good for me right now.
“Playing regular first-team football is so different from playing regularly for the under-23s. The demands, the physicality, the mental side of the game – everything is completely different.
“I didn’t feel out of place on the pitch at any stage throughout the previous campaign. But, I still feel as though I can improve – like anyone else – and that’s what I’m determined to do. I’m really excited to see what comes next season.
“The only aim for me right now is to continue improving, which is something I’ll work so hard to achieve. I want more games and more minutes on the pitch because that shows I’ve continued my development and progression.”